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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 7 edition (15 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741791758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741791754
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emilie Filou is a freelance journalist specialising in business, the environment and development issues, with a particular interest in Africa. Her work has appeared in publications such as This Is Africa, The Economist, The Africa Report, The Guardian and The Ecologist. She is a Lonely Planet author and works as the Maghreb correspondent of water magazine Global Water Intelligence and the Niger analyst of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Visit her website for more information: www.emiliefilou.com

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By alextosh on 4 Sep 2012
Format: Paperback
This was a waste of money. I'm giving it 2 stars rather than 1 because it's an improvement on the previous edition (which was awful and full of errors) but this edition is laid out in a really confusing way and is so short that I found it really doesn't have enough information on any particular place.

A guidebook published by Bradt seems to be the only other Madagascar guide published in English and it is streets ahead. Unlike the Lonely Planet one, the Bradt one is written by authors who've been visiting Madagascar for years and are clearly filled with passion for the island. It not only has many more hotel/restaurant listings but also has far more useful wildlife/cultural/historical background than the Lonely Planet, which I think is critical for putting an unusual country like Madagascar in context if you are coming to it for the first time. The two books are the same price, so I wouldn't recommend this one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AndrewK on 4 Dec 2012
Format: Paperback
I used the Lonely Planet guide from 2008 to plan my trip then bought this 2012 edition to take with me. It is basically the same book..

I backpacked throughout the east then the west of Madagascar from Sept-Dec and after a little while I lost faith in it.

Phone numbers had often changed, which is expected, but not acceptable for a 2012 book using phone numbers from 2008.. Some had no phone numbers at all, but look in a Mada telephone directory and you will find them...

Many of the 'good value' 'top choice' places to stay were busy because they were well known. However if you avoid these and just look around, there are many more new, cheaper, nicer and often much more friendly places to stay.

There was poor detail in the book in areas that were very important. For example some locations were only described how to get there from one direction. The map of Tamatave does not include the taxi brouse station.. a key factor if you are walking and backpacking. Explanations on how to get to locations without renting or hiring a car were lacking.

Overall great book if you are on a guided tour and don't need to worry about logistics or detail. Extremely poor book if you are backpacking and budget travel.

Normally I have had good experiences with lonely planet, but this one has changed my mind.
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No obvious inaccuracies. Could explain the capital better.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wandering rose on 1 Dec 2012
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Nothing much to say about the book: if you want a clear and reliable travel guide, get a LB book. They're always good! This is slightly off the beaten track and so the book is less likely to be stocked everywhere. But Amazon's instant delivery service deals with that too. Basically, I'm a happy bunny!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jess lester on 6 Jan 2013
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to the point, all local areas covered along with great tips, most helpful as is usual with the Lonely Planet series of books.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. E. Wallis on 1 Feb 2014
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Excellent book loads of local information although I will only be able to put into use in October.
I look forward to using it.
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